5 Useful VSCode Extensions You Don’t Know About

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I’ve been using VSCode for 4 years from its beta and installed over 50+ extensions.

Here is the list of my 5 useful extensions you need to know about.

5. Todo Tree

Todo Tree is a simple extension that searches a workspace for comment tags like TODO and FIXME, and displays them in a tree view in the explorer pane.

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4. Placeholder Images

This extension generates and inserts placeholder images into HTML.

Useful on the prototype phase.

You can use Unsplash, placehold.it, and LoremFlickr with it.

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3. Better Comments

The Better Comments extension creates human-friendly comments in your code.

This extension categorizes your annotations into:

  • Alerts
  • Queries
  • TODOs
  • Highlights
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2. Faker

A simple extension to generate fake data.

Very useful on early-stage development.

You can generate:

  • address
  • commerce
  • company
  • database
  • date
  • and many more…
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1. Code Time

It’s an open-source plugin for automatic programming metrics and time tracking.

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You can:

  • Track your progress during the day
  • Check out the coding activity
  • Generate code time summary
  • Generate data visualizations
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In the end…

I hope you’ll find these extensions useful for yourself!

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Chi Tran's photo

The last one is really cool. I'll try it. Thank you for sharing!

rootasjey's photo

Code Time is really a must have! I was looking for an extension like this one. Thank you.

klvenky's photo

I have used code time & I can assure that it has burned me out by showing how many actual hours I was coding. It has some metrics it considers as coding time. For example, if I am looking at a problem thinking about it after opening my editor, then after 10 seconds(or some threshold) of inactivity, it assumes I am not coding until I hit a key. So, it might be a good metrics collector for beginners who're interested in trying to do lot of things. But if you're someone who's actively in a TL/Senior role, it will make you feel bad.

I am not against codetime/any other tools that show these metrics. Instead, I believe in the fact that developer productivity is better when we understand we & people who employ us trust us and know that we're doing a great job. Just a little human side from all the Tech bloat that happens around.

Sabarish Rajamohan's photo

Code Time looks cool. Definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing :)